E-Letter - February 28, 2020

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Welcome to this weeks E-Letter
The E-Letter is published bi-weekly.

If anyone has feedback or items that they would like to see in the E- Letter, please contact Suzanne MacNeill: slmacneil@gov.pe.ca.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS (click on the topic below to view the information)


GENERAL / TRAINING / EVENTS

Total costs of rail blockade reaching a "tipping point" for agriculture: CFA
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to resolve the issues with railway blockades, as agriculture sits on a “tipping point” of lost revenue, lost trade, and potentially an animal welfare issue, as propane, once again, is not making its way east.

The next green revolution
In this Ontario lab, bacteria are working to drive nutrient uptake and accelerate crop growth

Soil School: Crop diversity and alternative fertilizer feed this soil
Knowing your soil and accepting your climatic challenges for what they are is key to choosing the right crops, cover crops, and soil amendments that will perform best. That said, sometimes it takes a major event to push for significant changes to the current status quo.

Volunteers needed for Canadian Ag Literacy Month
anted: teachers & farmers & agricultural representatives to celebrate Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in March!! We are coordinating classroom visits with farmers and agriculture representatives throughout the month of March to help students LEARN about, CONNECT to and UNDERSTAND agriculture.

 

Follow us on Twitter @AgInfoPEI
The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries's Agriculture Information Twitter feeds will be your source for agriculture events and workshops on PEI. Tweet us today!

PEI Market Reports

AgWeather Atlantic Website

Food Matters blog Ian Petrie writes about agriculture on PEI.

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EVENTS
Commodity events are listed under their respective commodities.

March 6-8 - 2020 Canadian Young Farmers Forum, Charlottetown

March 13 - Farm and Food Care PEI Workshop, Charlottetown

March 31 - NFU Annual District Convention, North Milton

April 17 - FCC Women in Ag Summit, Halifax

NEW Calendar of Events
We have a new Calendar of Events. If you would like to have your agriculture industry events entered into the calendar, please contact Suzanne MacNeill at slmacneil@gov.pe.ca

 

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TRAINING / JOBS

PEI AGRICULTURE SECTOR COUNCIL - EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Interested in working in agriculture? Are you looking to hire new employees?
To post your employment opportunity or for an up to date list of agricultural jobs in PEI, visit PEI Agriculture Sector Council job registry. Check back regularly as new positions are being posted frequently this time of year.

RENEW YOUR PESTICIDE CLASS A LICENSE

Option 1 - Continuing Education Credits
The Department of Agriculture and Land will be offering the two different training days A & B for your Continuing Education Credits. You are required to attend one Day A and one Day B over the five-year re-certification period. Only one day per calendar year will be credited. Day A - Topics covered: General Information, Pesticide Regulations, Pesticides Effect on the Land, Aquatic Impact of Pesticides, Environmental Safety, and Application Technology.
Day B - Topics covered: Emergency Response, First Aid, Pesticide Monitoring & Enforcement, Labeling, Professionalism, Traceability, Integrated Pest Management, and Human Health & Safety.
Your current Pesticide Applicator Certificate will be valid until the expiry date. All renewed Class A certificates, in the CEC program, have an expiry date of March 31. The fee is $75 (HST included) for the 5-year certificate.
If you have taken the Day A & Day B as required to renew your certificate, you will be mailed a renewal form. If you did not take both the Day A & Day B before your expiry date, you will be required to complete the written exam to obtain a new certificate.
Registration begins at 8:15 AM. Information sessions are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is a $25 registration fee to offset this cost.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154 or (902) 368-4880.

2019/2020 Training Schedule for CEC's
DAY A March 10 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
     
DAY B March 17 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

OPTION 2 - One day training course with exam

Attend the one day training course and write the exam, which is delivered by the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land. This course is designed to prepare you for the exam by reviewing the Agricultural Training Manual

2020 Schedule for one-day Course plus Exam
March 11 Loyalist Inn, Summerside
March 18 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

OPTION 3 - Write the exam:

  • Write the two hour exam.
  • Make an appointment with the Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change by contacting Debbie MacRae at (902) 368-5024 or Thane Clarke at (902) 368-5599

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FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Forever Farming — a non-traditional approach to farm succession
When farmers talk about succession, the conversation typically revolves around how the farm could be transitioned to the next generation of the family.

Income-smoothing and other tax strategies
According to tax experts, keeping tax plans up-to-date and ensuring they reflect reality is an important part of proactive business planning. A variety of tips can be employed to ensure the right goals are met.

Agriwebinars

  • Stay tuned for upcoming speakers and topics

Market Prices

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BEEF

Brazil’s beef exports expected to fall amid reduced Chinese demand due to coronavirus
Market outlook predicts a fall in Chinese beef imports as the coronavirus outbreak effects global movement and trade

New livestock transport regulations in effect
hile the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII).

March 20-21 - Maritime Beef Conference, Moncton

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CEREALS/FORAGES/OILSEEDS

Managing White Mould video
Agronomic Sales Representative Marijke Van Andel explains how genetics, canopy management and fungicides can help growers manage white mould in their soybeans.

March 4 - Cereals and Oilseeds Conference, Summerside

March 5 - PEISCIA Taking Charge Conference, Summerside

2020 Corn Guide - now available on-line.

2020 Cereal Guide - now available on-line

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DAIRY

Hoard's Dairyman webinar: Nutritional regulation of gut function in calves: colostrum and milk
Feeding high-quality colostrum is one of the most critical factors in calf survival and health. New strategies to transition calves from colostrum to high planes of milk nutrition early in life also are shared during the webinar.

A quick word on the coronavirus and dairy
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a brown smear on the carpet of dairy demand. It might be mud, or it might be the other stuff often found in cow yards and cattle barns. Either way, it’s not good, but one is clearly better than the other. In the best-case scenario, we could be getting close to a bottom for prices. Worst case scenario, we’re only halfway to the bottom

New livestock transport regulations in effect
hile the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII).

February 28-March 1 - Atlantic Young Breeders School, Truro

March 17-18 - Dairy Focus Atlantic, Moncton

Atlantic Dairy Events Calendar

Dairy Quota Exchange

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DIRECT MARKETING / AGRI-TOURISM

Agri-Food Growth Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Growth Program to build and enhance local markets to increase the awareness, sale and consumption of Prince Edward Island produced agri-food products.

Agri-Food Promotion Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Promotion Program to increase the awareness, demand, and consumption for fresh, high- quality Prince Edward Island agricultural products.

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FORESTRY

PEI Woodlot Owner's Association website
PEIWOA is an inclusive group of woodlot owners that encourages Islanders to create a more sustainable forest ecosystem and forest resource on Prince Edward Island

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BEES

Bee-washing’ hurts bees and misleads consumers
Amid the worry over the loss of honey bees, a far quieter but just as devastating loss is occurring among lesser known native bee populations. Wild native bees are vital to pollinate plants. Their populations are declining due to a warming climate, pesticide poisoning and lack of flowers and other environmental pressures. As awareness increases about native bee death, some companies are taking advantage of public concern by touting their products as bee-friendly or making other claims. This marketing strategy, called bee-washing by critics, uses the plight of bees to mislead consumers. While many people are worried about honey bees, it’s also important to understand the jeopardy that native bees face.

Why Warm Winters Like We’re Having Are A Problem For Honey Bees
Last month was one of the country’s warmest Januaries on record. Last December was one of the country’s warmest Decembers on record. This is part of a trend; winters are getting warmer. Atlanta’s average winter temperature gained more than four degrees between 1970 and 2018, according to an analysis by Climate Central. And that is a major headache for beekeepers.

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FRUITS / BERRIES

The berry that keeps Asia looking young
The goji berry, which has been part of Chinese culture since the 3rd Century, is now being viewed as one of the hottest superfoods available today.

Buy-in for biopesticides
When it comes to controlling disease and insect pests of fruit crops, biopesticides have always played second fiddle to their conventional counterparts. But that trend is changing, as newer biopesticide products prove themselves more effective than earlier offerings.

March 18-20 - Atlantic Canada Cranberry Management Conference, Moncton

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HORSES

New livestock transport regulations in effect
hile the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII).

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ORGANIC/REDUCED INPUT

Specialty, Organic Potatoes Help Expand Sales
There’s more to the potato business than reds, whites and russets, marketers say. Specialty varieties and organics are important parts of the product mix, they note.

In Paris, organic farming takes over fallow parking lots
In Paris, as in many European cities, the number of cars is declining, which is leaving a vast amount of underground car parks empty. With its start-up project called “La Caverne”, Cycloponics is reclaiming these urban territories and using them as a way of growing plenty of organic vegetables. EURACTIV France reports.

February 29 - Sustainable Biomass Heating System Open House, Atlantic Grown Organics, 731 Route 10, Spring Valley
Two 1250Kw boilers are the first of their kind in North America and are now being used to heat the 4 acre organic vegetable greenhouse at Atlantic Grown Organics. Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

March 9 - No till and reduced tillage for organic vegetables and field crops, Charlottetown

March 31 - PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative AGM, TBA

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POTATOES

Convenience, Sustainability Driving Potato Packaging Design
The challenge to creating a compelling package for potatoes is complex, because bags must protect product integrity while attracting a shopper’s attention, says Jeff Watkin, marketing director with Collinsville, Ill.-based packaging manufacturer Sev-Rend Inc.

How New Potato Virus Strains are Troubling Maine Growers
The rise in rejected seed potatoes from last season’s crop can be blamed on new strains of an old virus, says a Maine Potato Board plant pathologist.

NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS DROP IN NEW BRUNSWICK PVY LEVELS
Potato Virus Y (PVY) levels in the New Brunswick potato industry have dropped dramatically in the last decade following the instituting of strict regulatory limits on PVY in seed lots and through careful in-field management by growers of this aphid-spread disease, Potatoes New Brunswick says in a news release.

Potato plants at highest risk of potato virus Y infection during first three weeks
Potato virus Y is the most economically important and devastating aphid-transmitted virus, affecting both tuber yield and quality. The virus is also a major cause of seed potato degeneration, which leads to regular flushing out of seed potatoes after limited field production cycles. There is no remedy for this virus and once a plant becomes infected, it stays sick for life.

March 12-13 -AIM Local Workshops: Soil Compaction/Tillage
Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, Private Agronomist and RealAgriculture Podcast, Ontario

  • Thursday March 12 – 9:00 am : Emerald Community Centre
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 pm : Mill River Resort
  • Friday, March 13 – 9:00 am : Rural Action Centre, downtown Montague

 

March 17-18 - NOrtheast Potato Technology Forum, Fredericton

March 24 - Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar, Charlottetown

2019 Seed Potato Certification List and Grower Directory available on- line

Terminal Market Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

FOB Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

Reports on Potato Supplies, Movement,Stocks, and Usage
This data are compiled by North American Potato Market News.

US National Potato & Onion Report


SHEEP/GOAT

New livestock transport regulations in effect
hile the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII).

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


SWINE

Canadian pork industry committed to ASF prevention
Te spread of African swine fever (ASF) heightened starting in 2007, with the start of its spread across several countries in central Asia, into China (2018), and Europe. It is highly contagious, spreads rapidly, and is of grave concern to pork producers worldwide.

New livestock transport regulations in effect
hile the full implementation of the rules will happen over the next 24 months, Canada’s new livestock transport rules came into effect February 20, 2020. Anyone who transports livestock — including producers — need to make sure they are familiar with notable changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII).


VEGETABLES/HERBS/OTHER

Rutgers breeders release ‘Scarlet Sunrise’ bicolor grape tomato
The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station tomato breeding team that developed the ‘Rutgers 250’ tomato, has created a new and unique bicolor grape tomato, ‘Scarlet Sunrise.'

February 29 - Sustainable Biomass Heating System Open House, Atlantic Grown Organics, 731 Route 10, Spring Valley
Two 1250Kw boilers are the first of their kind in North America and are now being used to heat the 4 acre organic vegetable greenhouse at Atlantic Grown Organics. Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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COOL TOOLS

What to know before investing in a drone
Flight safety, training and stockmanship will help you get the most out of adding a drone to your operation


FEEDBACK

We welcome your feedback. Suggestions, questions, or comments can be made to the Agriculture Information Desk at by e- mail to slmacneil@gov.pe.ca

Next E-Letter:   March 13, 2020

Date de publication : 
le 28 Février 2020
Agriculture et Terres

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